$80 million Toyota Engineering Center opens in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ)- After years of construction, Toyota unveiled their brand new engineering headquarters in Georgetown Monday morning.

It was a big day at the Toyota plant in Georgetown as Toyota executives and lawmakers came together to celebrate the grand opening of the new $80 million Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center.

The 235,000 square foot state-of-the-art building is being dubbed the manufacturing nucleus for Toyota’s North American plants.

It will house 600 engineers who will work on all aspects of Toyota’s production.

“They take our one toyota mindset and they make innovation a reality implementing customer focused improvements into our total manufacturing process,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America.

The new building brings the number of Toyota employees in Georgetown to more than 8,500 and the companies total investment in Kentucky to more than $7 billion, something Gov. Matt Bevin says is helping to put Kentucky on track to becoming the U.S.’s premier state for auto manufacturing.

“We are already their in large measure because of partners like Toyota. We’re already doing it. We just need to make it more evident to the outside world and do a better job of attracting additional engineered and manufactured products to the commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin.

In addition to celebrating the new facility, Toyota also announced a new partnership with the University of Kentucky and a close to $400,000 donation to Morehead State University.

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